Iced tea is the perfect thirst quencher for a tropical summer day. A cold glass of iced tea can be just as refreshing as a dip in the pool! Of course, iced tea tastes best and is most healthy when you make it yourself. And this is by far not as difficult as it may seem. The organic tea blends from Arte & Zayne will taste just as delicious when you drink them cold!
How to make homemade iced tea?
Preparing homemade iced tea isn’t much more complicated than brewing a pot of tea. Just take twice as many tea leaves and let them steep in hot water for a few minutes (follow the recommended steeping time and water temperature as provided in the instructions on our packaging). Then simply pour the tea into a glass filled with ice cubes. You can still enhance the natural flavor of the tea blend by adding some fresh fruit and herbs. Our No. 11 Amore di Madre herbal tea calls for a lemon slice and a sprig of basil. No. 15 Smiling Buddha, a green sencha tea, becomes even more delicious when you add a slice of ginger and a lemongrass stem. Apart from creating a more intense taste sensation, this also acts as stylish garnish.
Cold-brew tea without a hint of bitterness
Cold-brew tea is a Japanese tradition. The Japanese used this method to gently extract the flavors and nutrients from tea. Preparing a cold brew tea is even easier than making iced tea. You only need a little more patience. Put about 1.5 times the amount of tea leaves you would normally use in an infuser with cold water. Leave the brew in the fridge overnight and the next morning you have a wonderfully refreshing blend. When preparing cold-brew tea with black or herbal tea, we recommend that you let the tea steep for 8 to 12 hours. Green and white tea will only need to steep 4 to 6 hours. You can also prepare cold-brew tea with sparkling water, which can be extra thirst-quenching on a tropical summer day.
What is the best tea for iced tea?
You can use any tea blend to prepare iced tea; this entirely depends on your taste. Black and oolong tea is less favored because it contains more tannins. Tannins add body to tea, but also cause a dry feeling in the mouth. If you are looking for a real thirst quencher, we recommend using a fruity herbal tea. One of our favorites is No. 9 Lakeside Afternoon, a wonderfully refreshing and at the same time soothing herbal blend with orange and tangerine. For a cold-brew we recommend a green sencha tea like No. 18 Sensual Delights. Bear in mind that cold water can extract completely different flavors from tea than hot water. Therefore, a cold-brew tastes much more soothing and sweet and doesn’t contain a hint of bitterness. If you’re normally not a fan of oolong tea because of the tannins, you might particularly enjoy this type of blend as a cold-brew.
Sugar free iced tea
The advantage of homemade iced tea compared to ready-made iced tea is that you can consciously determine whether you add sugar and to what extent. We recommend that you don’t immediately reach for the sugar jar. And we don’t say this because we’re such health gurus. Our tea blends are already very rich in taste, even when you drink them cold. Adding (too much) sugar can overpower the natural delicate sweet taste of dried fruit and herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom and lemongrass.
Alternatives to table sugar: Honey and Agave Nectar
Does sugar enlighten your taste buds? Then do bring them into ecstasy! But always choose a sweetener that complements, enhances or contrasts the tea blend. Tea with honey is a golden combination and this also applies to iced tea with honey. There are dozens of different types of honey, each with their own unique taste, which means that there is a suitable honey for every tea blend. Linden honey has grassy and minty notes, which can be extra refreshing in an iced tea. When preparing a cold-brew tea, you can best sweeten it with Agave Nectar. This sweet syrup dissolves easily in cold water. Agave Nectar has a mild taste and can therefore also be combined with soft tea blends such as white tea and green tea. Note that Agave Nectar is much sweeter than most sugar syrups. You will only need a pinch.
TeaTails for sultry summer evenings
At Arte & Zayne we inspire to replace alcohol with tea. Craving a Gin Tonic on a sultry summer evening? Our No. 23 White Tonic is just as zesty and refreshing. Does Aperol Spritz bring you in the ultimate holiday mood? No. 11 Amore di Madre also carries you away to a picturesque Italian village. Still can’t get the cocktails out of your mind? Of course, you can also spice up our fruity tea blends with a dash of rum, vodka or gin. But you didn’t hear that from us!